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3 Peaks - Your Challenge Starts here...

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The Three Peaks Challenge is an attempt to climb the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales in 'one go'.

These peaks are Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England, and Snowdon in Wales. We complete them in that order on our open events. Other bespoke options are available. Please see the South to North Options further below for that.

We travel to Fort William on the Friday, starting with Ben Nevis on the Saturday morning, climb Scafell Pike that night and finish Snowdon on Sunday in Wales!

This is a tough event and people participating should have the necessary fitness and also be prepared to do without sleep! We aim to complete the event in 24 hours - To do this we need to complete Ben Nevis in 5  hours, Scafell Pike in 4  hours and Snowdon in 4  hours, however this will depend upon the speed of the group.

The standard for measuring your official total time on the event is mountain time plus a fixed 10 hr drive time.

The course is guided by qualified mountain leaders and our driver will be with you all of the way! We have very many years experience delivering this challenge and over the years thousands of people have completed their event with us. We would be delighted if we can help you with yours.

If you want to do this challenge but benefit from sleep in between we offer this event over more relaxed timescales. For further details see our 3 Day 3 Peaks and 5 Day 3 Peaks Trips.

trip level: ChallengingDifficulty: Challenging

group sizeDuration: long weekend

 

Quick Facts

  • Guiding on all 3 Peaks by experienced guides.
  • 42km total horizontal distance, 3000 vertical metres, 3 Peaks.
  • This trip is best run between May and October. Outside of those dates we consider it winter conditions. However, if you want to experience it then - just ask!
  • Pick ups and drop offs along the route to provide you with several different options - just choose the most convenient for you. See our transport explained section for further details.
  • Expert driving team with dozens of 3 Peaks trips experience. Please note that for safety reasons we  adhere to all road traffic safety regulations.
  • Set open dates for individuals to join or bespoke events for group sizes of 8 or more - just ask if the date you want is not listed.
  • Many years experience in providing this challenge.
  • We aim to complete the challenge within 24 hours; some groups will take less time, others more - the fitter your entire group is, the more likely you will be able to fulfill the challenge!
  • You need to be pretty fit.

Think you are up to the challenge....

Join us and find out!

Typical Itinerary (Event North to South)

We normally run this trip over a weekend, Friday to Sunday, however if you would like to do this at any other time, including midweek, then please contact us.

A typical itinerary looks like this:

Day Activity
Friday Meet up along the route and transfer to Fort William. Meet up locations will be finalised shortly before departure. Evening equipment check and briefing. Relaxing evening in preparation for the following days.
Saturday Breakfast then depart for Ben Nevis at approximately 8.00am. Ben Nevis should be a round trip of around 5hrs. Afternoon transfer to the Lake District and evening ascent of Scafell Pike. This should be a 4hr round trip.
Sunday Night time transfer to Snowdon and early morning ascent. This is a round trip of approximately 4hrs. Drop offs along the return route to Manchester.

Please note: This itinerary is a guide only. It can be subject to change dependent upon viability, course members' fitness, weather conditions or for any other reason


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Transport Explained!

During each road based (North to South) Three Peaks event our transport vehicle does a round trip from Manchester. This means we offer pick up points for you at the following locations:

  • Anywhere on the M61, M6, M74 and A82 between Manchester and Fort William
  • Manchester Piccadilly Station (approx. 10am)
  • Glasgow International airport (not Prestwick, approx. 4pm)

If you are based in the South of the UK we recommend you fly to Glasgow International Airport and then catch the return train from Manchester. This saves you a lot of time in the vehicle.

Drop off points are:

  • Anywhere on the A55 and M56 between Snowdonia and Manchester
  • Manchester Airport
  • Manchester Piccadilly Station

Alternative pick up and drop off points can be discussed upon request.

Pick up times are the day before the event and drop off is during the afternoon of the event finish. We aim to finish in Snowdon by mid afternoon on the last day of each event, and therefore your drop off should be no later than 7/8pm on the Sunday evening. However, there are no guarantees as it depends on the speed of your group.

If you are making your own way to Fort William for the start of your challenge you should arrive the Friday afternoon/evening in time for the evening briefing and to be ready for the start of the challenge the next day.

Course Requirements

To do this trip you need to have a good level of fitness. This is a tough challenge. No previous mountaineering experience is required but you will have to climb the three largest peaks in the UK without the aid of sleep!

We recommend that you follow a fitness plan in preparation for your challenge, an example of one will be sent to you when you have confirmed your booking.

Although the fitness plan we will send to you has been devised by a fitness professional, this is only provided as a guide and you should seek professional advice before starting your own fitness regime.

Dates - 2016

Weather conditions permit us to run this course anytime from May to October. Please enquire should you want to do a winter version (Dec - Mar).

Any number (one upwards) can join an open trip, or for 8 or more booking we will run a bespoke trip on dates of your request.

May 06-08 Closed Book
May 13-15 Closed Book
May 13-15 Arthritis Care Book
May 20-22 Closed Book
May 20-22 AMS/MS Book
May 27-29 Call for availability Book
June 03-05 Call for availability Book
June 03-05 Meningitis Research Book
June 03-05 Bowel Cancer UK Book
June 03-05 Datel Group Book
June 03-05 Headway Book
June 03-05 Bourne Academy Book
June 10-12 Call for availability Book
June 17-19 Good availability Book
June 17-19 MS Society Book
June 17-19 Teenage Cancer Trust Book
June 24-26 Good availability Book
July 01-03 Good availability Book
July 01-03 JTJ Workplace Book
July 08-10 Good availability Book
July 15-17 Good availability Book
July 22-24 Good availability Book
July 29-31 Good availability Book
July 29-31 Breast Cancer Now Book
July 29 -31 The Christie Charity Book
Aug 05-07 Good availability Book
Aug 12-14 Good availability Book
Aug 19-21 Good availability Book
Aug 26-28 Good availability Book
Sept 02-04 Good availability Book
Sept 09-11 Good availability Book
Sept 09-11 Pancreatic Cancer Book
Sept 16-18 Good availability Book
Sept 16-18 CLIC Sargent Book
Sept 23-25 Good availability Book
Sept 23-25 Breast Cancer Now Book
Sept 30-02 Good availability Book
Sept 30-02 Blesma Book
Oct 07-09 Good availability Book
Oct 14-16 Good availability Book
Oct 21-23 Good availability Book
Oct 28-30 Good availability Book

We have availability throughout the year for bespoke events. Please contact us for more details.

If the date you want is fully booked or not listed please contact us. We may still be able to help.

All requested dates are unconfirmed until minimum numbers have been booked. Please do not make travel arrangements for your event until you have received a trip confirmation email from our logistics team after you have placed your booking with us.

Dates - 2017

Weather conditions permit us to run this course anytime from May to October. Please enquire should you want to do a winter version (Dec - Mar).

Any number (one upwards) can join an open trip, or for 8 or more booking we will run a bespoke trip on dates of your request.

May 05/07 Good availability Book
May 12-14 Good availability Book
May 19-21 Good availability Book
May 26-28 Good availability Book
June 02-04 Good availability Book
June 09-11 Good availability Book
June 16-18 Good availability Book
June 23-25 Good availability Book
June 30-02 Good availability Book
July 07-09 Good availability Book
July 14-16 Good availability Book
July 21-23 Good availability Book
July 28-30 Good availability Book
Aug 04-06 Good availability Book
Aug 11-13 Good availability Book
Aug 18-20 Good availability Book
Aug 25-27 Good availability Book
Sept 01-03 Good availability Book
Sept 08-10 Good availability Book
Sept 15-17 Good availability Book
Sept 22-24 Good availability Book
Sept 29-01 Good availability Book
Oct 06-08 Good availability Book
Oct 13-15 Good availability Book
Oct 20-22 Good availability Book
Oct 27-29 Good availability Book

We have availability throughout the year for bespoke events. Please contact us for more details.

If the date you want is fully booked or not listed please contact us. We may still be able to help.

All requested dates are unconfirmed until minimum numbers have been booked. Please do not make travel arrangements for your event until you have received a trip confirmation email from our logistics team after you have placed your booking with us.

 

Price: £399 per person

Price £399 per person

The cost of this trip is £399 per person.  A deposit of £99 per person   is required with completion of your booking form. The remaining balance of £300 is then due 10 weeks prior to your departure.

Special conditions may apply for group sizes of 13, 14 or 15.

Doing this event for charity?

Pay a registration fee of £99 per person with a minimum fundraising commitment of £600 (typically) for your chosen charity. Simply complete the registration form and put the name of your chosen charity in the reference box and we will sort the rest. Please note minimum fundraising is at the descretion of your chosen charity.  Please ask for further details.

Inclusions

  • Professional event organisation.
  • Qualified mountain leaders.
  • Transport between Manchester and Ben Nevis with pick ups en route.
  • Transport between the 3 Peaks.
  • Drop offs between Snowdon and Manchester after the challenge has finished.
  • One nights twin room accommodation with breakfast. (Single rooms are available at a supplement of £45 per person)
  • Group first aid kit with qualified first aiders.

South to North Option

Our open events run North to South. Should you wish a South to North version then we can provide this on a bespoke basis for bookings of 8 or more participants.

You can choose between a Friday daytime meet and afternoon/evening start on Snowdon with an overnight stay in Ben Nevis at the end of your challenge, or a later pick up on the Friday, an overnight stay in Snowdonia and an early on the Saturday morning.This way you finish Ben Nevis on the Sunday morning.

The typical itinerary for the Friday pm start looks like this:

Day Activity
Friday Pick up from Manchester Picadilly/airport late morning. Transfer to Snowdonia with an afternoon/evening ascent of Snowdon.This is a round trip of approximately 4hrs. Night time transfer to the Lake District. and very early morning ascent of Scafell Pike. This should be a 4hr round trip.
Saturday

A very early morning ascent of Scafell PIke followed by a day time transfer to Ben Nevis. Afternoon/evening ascent of Ben Nevis. This is a should be a round trip of around 5hrs. Overnight in Fort William for a celebration and a good nights rest.

Sunday Drop offs to Glasgow or Manchester.

The typical itinerary for the Saturday am start looks like this:

Day Activity
Friday Evening meet up at Manchester and transfer to Snowdon. Overnight at Snowdon.
Saturday Breakfast then depart for Snowdon . This should be a round trip of around 4hrs. Afternoon transfer to the Lake District and evening ascent of Scafell Pike. This should be a 4hr round trip.
Sunday Night time transfer to Ben Nevis and early morning ascent. This is a round trip of approximately 5hrs. Drop offs at Glasgow or Manchester.

Please contact us for further information on the North to South option or register your interest by clicking the button opposite

North to South variation (start Ben Nevis Friday evening)

This option is available for group bookings of 8 or more participants.

With this option you have your overnight stay at the end of your challenge enabling you to spend an evening with your group to celebrate before travelling home the next day.

The typical itinerary for the Friday pm start looks like this:

Day Activity
Friday Meet up along the route and transfer to Fort William. Meet up locations will be finalised shortly before departure. Equipment check and briefing before beginning ascent at approximately 16.00. Depart around 21.30 to Scafell Pike (6.5 hours approximately)
Saturday

Arrive approximately 04.00. Climb Scafell Pike (4.5 hours) Transfer to Snowdon (5.5 hours approximately). Arrive 14.00. Snowdon climb should take 4 hours approximately. Challenge complete!!! Spend a relaxing night at the local Snowdon hotel

Sunday Depart accommodation after breakfast. Drop offs along the return route to Manchester.

Please contact us for further information on this alternative option or register your interest by clicking the button opposite. A £35 per person supplment is required for this itinerary.

Why book with us

We know you have a choice of companies to do a 3 Peaks with. Here are some of the reasons you should choose to travel with Maximum Adventure:

  • We are an established adventure travel business
  • We have been trading for 12 years
  • We are financially protected in accordance with the 1992 travel regulation
  • ATOL bonded
  • Knowledgeable and available office staff
  • Qualified leaders and guides with ascents ranging from ben nevis to mount Everest
  • All activities are risk assessed
  • We try to give you the best service we can
  • We are aware this is your holiday/your challenge and will do our best to facilitate it
  • We have many repeat clients stretching back many years

Environmental

Over the years concerns have been raised about the impact the 3 Peaks Challenge has on the environment and the local residents surrounding these peaks. The main concerns raised is an increase in traffic and noise in rural areas at unsociable hours, litter, erosion of the peaks through people taking short cuts and in particular the lack of water and toilet facilities at Wasdale Head.

At Maximum Adventure our ethos is to always respect the areas we work in. The company was set up by people who enjoy the mountains and respect the impact people climbing them have on the environment and local residents. When running our 3 Peak Challenges we adhere to the fundraising guidelines which were produced by the Institute of Fundraisers in line with the various authorities for the 3 Peaks.

We mainly run small groups of between 10-12 people with experienced drivers and mountain leaders with them ensuring best behaviour on the mountain and not impacting on rescue services. In fact, on several occasions, our mountain leaders have acted as ‘rescuers' by leading lost groups we found on the hill off the mountain!

We always stick to the official paths on the mountains so as not to cause any environmental damage to the mountains, and we contribute to the maintenance of these paths. We make donations to the Highland council for the upkeep of the paths throughout the year.

In the cases where we operate larger groups we seek prior approval from the various mountain authorities. We have worked closely with these authorities over the years and have a very good working relationship with them. We also manage groups access to the peaks to reduce the amount of people coming into and out of an area at any one time.

We aim to climb Scafell Pike before the midnight cut off time, thereby reducing the impact our arrival and departure has on local residents. We always have our own water supplies so we do not use local supplies and do all that we can to ensure our clients have access to appropriate toilet facilities outside of the area. Our drivers remain with the minibuses and ensure there is no excessive noise or illegal parking.

We take the safety of our participants very seriously, and stick to driving regulations with separate non-walking drivers, making sure sufficient breaks are taken.

We believe we are one of the most responsible operators on the hill and continually endeavour to improve our services whilst protecting the beautiful environment we operate in and ask that all of our clients respect our working code when travelling with us.

Client Feedback

Paul Senior - 2013

Can't praise Fred our guide enough. Nothing was too much trouble for him. Event rating 10 out of 10!

Peter Mountford - 2013

Thank you - a thoroughly enjoyable experience

Sandhya Kirichand - 2013

Particular thanks to our guide Richie. He was extremely patient and helped make our adventure enjoyable.

Sue Etheridge

Having returned from the trip yesterday, I am now about able to hobble over to the computer, albeit with very stiff legs!

Please pass on my appreciation and thanks to all involved with this weeks trip, which was thoroughly enjoyable. It was extremely well organised by your team and I would recommend it to anyone who loves the mountains and fancies a challenge. Please pass on my particular thanks to Carl, champion mini bus driver; Kate, 'going on 21' our stunning mountain guide, and Martin, whose enthusiasm up and down Snowdon was infectious and his sprinting ability in the last 1/2 mile meant we kept inside the 24 hour deadline!

The organisation was faultless and I will certainly recommend you to any friends who may be interested in a challenge.

David Jinks

A very belated note to thank you for organising an excellent trip last week for us. The organisation was fantastic and worked extremely well right from the word go when we were picked up from Glasgow.

The hotel on the first night was excellent and I thought Kate did a superb job guiding us on the first 2 hills. We could not have asked for a better guide.

Again Carl's enthusiasm, excellent driving and support was most appreciated and he did wonders catching up a little of the time we lost round Glasgow.

Following our arrival in Snowdonia it was great to have Martin chivvy us on and again was a fantastic guide with lots of facts and figures to baffle the boys with.

All in all it was great trip and we were so pleased to do it within the 24 Hours. We have now raised about £5000 for Macmillan which again is another great achievement. Once again many thanks for all your hard work which made the trip so enjoyable.

I look forward to doing another trip with you soon.

Claire Linfoot McLean

I would like to thank you and Mike for a brilliantly organised Three Peaks trip this last weekend. It was absolutely fantastic. Our guides did a fabulous job - and, my goodness they had their work cut out with us - I am sure they have never had a group who were (a) as slow and (b) had to go to the loo so often! Please say a big thank you from me to Jere, Mark, Kem and Sylvie. In particular please pass on my thanks again to our driver Carl - he was truly brilliant and went well beyond what could be expected in looking after us.

I'm thinking about Kilimanjaro next - but may need to get a bit fitter!!

Mike Dakin

Ok then it is done and completed in 21hrs 26mins. Strange to think that a group of people can meet up and complete a tough challenge and all get on so well.

The main story has to be the fantastic leadership of Adam who was our guide, Mike & Carl the drivers and the other members of the 11 strong group who started the challenge.

Ben Nevis was a good "pipe opener" and allowed us to "shake out" into what would be our normal formation for the other 2 peaks. Scafell Pike was an out and out effort for all, it was however the only peak we had a soaking on. Snowden, we cruised passed a group who had started an hour before us at Ben Nevis so that made us feel good.

Fast (safe) descending on each peak was the recipe for our good time. - - - 15 Welsh Peaks in 2012 is being considered right now!!!

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